Whole Foods to ban plastic straws from stores

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Whole Foods announced Monday that it will be banning plastic straws across all of its 500 stores in the United States, the UK and Canada.

The store says it will also begin using smaller produce bags to help cut down on waste.

According to a report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in partnership with the World Economic Forum,  plastics will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050.

Whole Foods claims to be the first national grocery chain to take this step, but this isn’t the first time the company has taken steps to become environmentally friendly.

In 2008, they stopped offering disposable plastic bags and now offer paper bags.

Whole Foods also sells reusable plastic bags.

The straw ban will go into effect in July.

Plastic straws however will be available by request for customers with disabilities.

Other companies, including Starbucks, Disney and McDonald’s have also made plans to move away from single-use plastic straws.

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